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    Arizona at Stanford

    This game is so bad it’s not even going to be on television. I’d rather watch electric football with the plastic players vibrating on the field. It kind of reminds me of these teams’ offenses anyway: A lot of movement, but no real purpose. If Stanford doesn’t win this game, there’s a very good chance they will win the Bagel Award for going 0-11. If that’s not motivation enough, then I don’t know what is. Plus the Cardinal have won the last three meetings against Arizona, and they’re at home.
    Stanford 10 Arizona 7

    Roman Veytsman
    assistant sports editor

    It has been a while since the Wildcats won a football game. It’s been longer for Stanford, who is winless in 2006. Willie Tuitama won’t play, but after consecutive losses to teams that Arizona should be beating, Adam Austin is determined to lead Arizona to victory in his second career start. It’s Stanford’s Homecoming, and Arizona will rain on the parade.
    Arizona 13, Stanford 3

    Mike Ritter
    staff writer

    The only team in the Pacific 10 Conference that has a worse offense than Stanford is Arizona. Yes, it is dead last. Just be glad this game is not televised. Desperate times for UA football will call for a desperation win. The Wildcats will pull through this time right at the end. Start warming up now Nick Folk, you’re the only hope.
    Arizona 9, Stanford 7

    Melissa Krueger
    staff writer


    ASU at No. 3 USC

    For two straight weeks, USC has had to hold its breath on the last play of the game, barely escaping against Washington and Washington State. The Trojans defense is much improved from last year, so unlike the Rose Bowl against Texas, they can actually rely on their D from time to time. ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter has been much worse than advertised, already throwing nine balls into opponents’ hands, but can the Sun Devils pull one off? Don’t hold your breath.
    USC 38 ASU 17

    Roman Veytsman
    assistant sports editor

    After years of complete domination, USC has had a few close calls against Pacific 10 conference opponents recently. Last week, if Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback had better time management, the Huskies would have pulled off a major upset. In week four, Washington State almost pulled off another upset late in the game against USC. Even though ASU is probably better than the Washington schools, it’s dumb to predict an upset against USC, especially one favoring the hated Sun Devils.
    USC 27, ASU 21

    Mike Ritter
    staff writer

    With a few close calls in the past few weeks, USC will finally have time to breathe while playing ASU. Even though USC has the No. 10 red zone defense in the Pac-10, their No. 1 red zone offense will put them on top. It’s going to be all Booty and Moody. What it comes down to is that this won’t be the week that the Trojans’ streak of games in which they score 20 or more points will be broken.
    USC 27, ASU 10

    Melissa Krueger
    staff writer


    No. 2 Florida at No. 11 Auburn

    Steve Spurrier who? Florida head coach Urban Meyer has the two-headed monster of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow behind center. The Gators went to “”The Swamp”” last week and made Gator Bait out of LSU, and now they have to go on the road and tame another group of Tigers. As good as Auburn’s defense is, the offense managed just 10 points against Arkansas and ranks 68th in the nation in total yards. The Gators swallow the Tigers again.
    Florida 20 Auburn 14

    Roman Veytsman
    assistant sports writer

    Last week, Auburn boasted the No. 2 ranking in front of their name, but after getting romped by then-unranked Arkansas, it’s going to take a while to get back to that point. Florida had an impressive win over No. 9 LSU last week and has played a very difficult schedule thus far, yet still has managed to stay undefeated. Auburn is all fired up after its recent loss, and the Tigers will be out to prove that last week’s result was a fluke. Auburn will be the one to hand Florida its first loss.
    Auburn 23, Florida 21

    Mike Ritter
    staff writer

    Hands down, best game of the week. Auburn is coming off of a tough loss against Arkansas, dropping them in the polls from No. 2 to No. 11. The new No. 2? That would be Florida. It’s going to be tight, but Auburn won’t lose two weeks in a row, especially at home and not if Kenny Irons -Southeastern Conference’s second-leading rusher – has anything to say about it.
    Auburn 24, Florida 21

    Melissa Krueger
    staff writer

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